Tech-driven roadside clinics cater to truckers

By Bernie Monegain
09:42 AM

Pilot Travel Centers and Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab have opened three new medical clinics - in Oklahoma City, East St. Louis, Ill.; and Waco, Texas. The clinics use advanced healthcare information systems, including iPads, telemedicine and what Roadside Medical calls the industry's first full-function electronic medical record system for professional drivers.

The technology helps to streamline reporting, improve adherence to wellness and weight loss programs and lower administrative and direct healthcare costs for drivers and companies alike on a nationwide scale, according to Roadside Medical

The Oklahoma City site will begin providing health and wellness services on June 25. The Waco and East St. Louis sites are slated to open in July.

Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab has planned for an additional six sites throughout the United States by the end of 2010 in order to meet the needs of the 4.2 million over-the-road professional drivers.
With its exclusive locations on the highways at Pilot travel centers, Roadside Medical provides convenient, cost-effective and professional medical care services, including Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals and compliance, wellness programs, sleep apnea screening, testing and treatment and nutritional products in a convenient location for drivers, according to company executives.

"Our expansion to three additional locations is another step in our development of a coast-to-coast network to support professional drivers where they need us, on the road," said Bob Perry, president of Roadside Medical and chairman for the American Trucking Associations Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council's Health & Wellness Working Group. "The clinics in addition to our Driver Body Fuel products and wellness program provide trucking companies and their drivers with the tools they need to stay on the road to good health."

"We are pleased to partner with Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab to improve the lives of our customers," said Jimmy Haslam of Pilot Travel Centers. "Our goal is to be a total solution provider for all driver services, and Roadside Medical Clinic + Lab is helping us deliver medical services. The evidence supporting driver health initiatives is too staggering to ignore. Providing drivers with healthy options and access to medical care isn't just good business, it's the right thing to do."

Sarasota, Fla.-based Roadside Medical LLC launched a nationwide network of retail health clinics in December 2007.

Travel Centers LLC operates travel centers catering to professional drivers and traveling motorists in 41 states with more than 300 retail interstate properties. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and is held in a partnership with Pilot Corp., wholly owned by the Haslam family, and Propeller Corp., wholly owned by the funds advised by CVC Capital Partners, a leading global private-equity firm.

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